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  • Just got back from a week touring around Norway/Sweden and have come back an even greater fan of wild camping. So wonderful being able to pull up to a quiet piece of land with stunning views and not be surrounded by campervans and caravans with their satellite dishes - although would like to add, it does require an extra degree of courtesy on the part of travellers (take only photos, leave only footprints).

    Anyone got any recommendations for places/countries that are particularly good for this kind of thing (Scotland will definitely be on my cards in the not too distant future)

  • MOC is a bit of an expert on this and suggests the following:

    1. Any of the National parks in UK - specifically Yorkshire Moore/Dales - but not Peak District as it is quite inhabited.
    2. OL19 (ordnance survey reference) apparently there is a big area on that
    3. Lichtenstein (apparently)
    4. Scotland - as you mention
  • Dartmoor you can wild camp. someting like 30 + M from the road.

    I've wild camped in the new forest. Not legal but easy to do on a bike as you can get off the road. Fires are dangerous though because it's alot of heath land.

  • Yea, done plenty of that in my time. Iceland was great for it - similar to Norway/Sweden I guess. Obviously easier to do in those less inhabited parts of the world. I can imagine Northern Scandinavia would be idyllic for that sort of activity.

    However, the cycle touring mecca of the world is without doubt the south island of New Zealand.

  • MOC is a bit of an expert on this and suggests the following:

    1. Any of the National parks in UK - specifically Yorkshire Moore/Dales - but not Peak District as it is quite inhabited.
    2. OL19 (ordnance survey reference) apparently there is a big area on that
    3. Lichtenstein (apparently)
    4. Scotland - as you mention

    Point 1 is not correct. Dartmoor is the only national park area where you have an automatic right to wild camp.

  • that's me back in my box then.

    or rather him.

  • (take only photos, leave only footprints).

    Surely you have to leave other messages?

  • Unrelated to the thread, well sorta, but the film Into the wild, was pretty good

  • Post it in the film thread then if it's unrelated to this one.

  • Related to this thread though...Most of the 7 stanes MTB courses in Scotland are set in beautiful scenery for camping. I know of a couple of guys who camped in Mabie forest for a couple of weeks and just rode the forest everyday.

  • The beauty of wild camping in Scotland is that there are no trespassing laws, therefore you wont get chased away by raged farmers. Respect the country code and you are free to roam.

    I used to go caravaning up the West Coast of Scotland. From Fort William along to Mallaig is purely stunning. We used to go to Arisaig and is a favourite to all that visit. With silver sandy beaches, turquoise sea, great landscapes and plenty islands on the horizon - you cant go wrong.

    Other suggestions, Applecross, The Borders (home to the 7 Stanes, mentioned before) and Ullapool.
    Arran is also cool, only an hour and a half from Glasgow, you can cycle around the 100 mile ring road that goes around the island. Known as mini Scotland for its varying landscape, fricking beautiful. Thats my 2cents.

  • Post it in the film thread then if it's unrelated to this one.

    Its wild camping in the film so its sorta related.

  • Doesn't relate to the question in the OP though

  • Doesn't relate to the question in the OP though

    Thats why i said unrelated but sorta related when i first posted in here, nevermind ill shut up now

  • Doesn't relate to the question in the OP though

    Yeh God forbid anyone should deviate even slightly in a thread. They might end up having their gold star taken away.

  • Unrelated to the thread, well sorta, but the film Into the wild, was pretty good

    It was not! Two hours of pretentious, dialogue-free twaddle based around a totally unlikable main character. It's the only film I've ever walked out of.

  • slumming it in a converted bus isn't wild camping! crap film; book is better.

    tiger's post is spot on. it's the only place you can call wild in the UK. I'm riding up to Ullapool later this year!
    i've done a few s24o's stealth camping, but its a poor comparison. then again, l can ride my bike.

  • Here's a deviation for the haters... Robert Macfarlanes book the wild places is an excellent evocation of wilderness in Britain, west coast Scotland certainly gets a big up esp Skye. Reading will definitely make you want to air out your tent.

  • I just spent a week in the Lake District and did a bit of wild camping. Griesdale tarn just up from Glenridding was a nice spot.

    slumming it in a converted bus isn't wild camping! crap film; book is better.

    Book is loads better but I still liked the film.

    Robert Macfarlanes book the wild places is an excellent evocation of wilderness in Britain

    My brother swears by this book.

    Reading will definitely make you want to air out your tent.

    Tents are for girls, Bivouac FTW! helps you connect with your inner Mears.

  • I <3 Ray Mears.

  • it does require an extra degree of courtesy on the part of travellers (take only photos, leave only fagbuts).

    fixed ;)

  • Here's a deviation for the haters... Robert Macfarlanes book the wild places is an excellent evocation of wilderness in Britain, west coast Scotland certainly gets a big up esp Skye. Reading will definitely make you want to air out your tent.

    Agreed^

    If you really want to explore wildness through reading,and how we come to view 'wildness' you should also go with Macfarlanes first book:- Mountains of the mind.

    In it he shows through loads of diverse examples how we look at the outdoors, unpeopled areas and illustrates the cultural history of our recieved view of natural places.

    Example, Petrarch climbing Mt Ventoux and declaring it beautiful, the poet artist changing the recieved view at that time of mountains as wild, remote and horrible places to avoid.

    Just one way our largely romantic world view of 'wildness' has been created,

    Theres a whole section these days in your local friendly bookstore of amateur naturalism, that explores the outdoor experience in U.K, Deakin also excellent.

    The parallel American tradition is made up of a collection of mismits and fixgear riders like, Emerson, Thoreau, London

    Watching 'Into the wild' pushes the same buttons in me, thats why I did a degree in Adventure recreation, Chris McCandless could be seen to be the embodiment of all these threads into one persons journey and I identify with him, however he didnt completely use his intelligence or he would have known there was a bridge just down the way that could have saved his life (read Into the Wild by Krakauer)

    In the end he should have had a map and needed to HTFU

  • Planning a trip to south west Scotland ... going to take it very very easy, one rider is 8, other rider not really yet a regular cyclist.

    Will not be bivvying, have a tent that just fits three of us, and maybe a really small lightweight tent for our bags.

    Anyone here know Dumfries & Galloway well enough to give me some pointers to places to visit? Particularly interested in prehistoric/historic sites...

  • ^ Skulls - my GF is from that area, I will tap her for info - although in general you can't but help trip over neolithic sites in Scotland - cheers

  • Hi Jason. Ta! Yeah do ask her if there's anything that would be a total crime to miss - not just history but natural breathtaking beauty too.

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